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Discover Pensacola Bay's Outdoor Bounty

Loading up the SUV for an outdoor adventure in Pensacola might take a while. Rolling hills skirt bayous and wetlands. Freshwater streams merge into bays that serve as a haven for sailing, rowing, angling, and paddling. These bays, in turn, feed the emerald waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Offshore grouper, snapper, and amberjack prowl a scattered fleet of sunken ships and artificial reefs just a short boat ride from Pensacola Pass. Combine our climate with this unique geography, and you get so many opportunities for outdoor activities, we bet you can't pick just one.


Favorite Outdoor Activities


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Zip line at Adventures Unlimited

Explore Unlimited Adventure Options

Camp, canoe, dive, explore, hike, kayak, paddleboard, parasail, sail, snorkel, tube, zipline  – it's all here to enjoy.

Big Lagoon State Park

Big Lagoon State Park

This 50-acre park puts you eye to eye with primates, big cats, bears, giraffe and much more. 

Pensacola Gulf Fishing Pier

Take to the High Seas

At 1,471 feet, this is one of the longest piers on the Gulf (and prime real estate for beautiful sunsets).

Fort Pickens at sunset

Fort Pickens

Anchored by a historic fort, the park offers both shore and pier fishing, trails, birdwatching, camping and much more.

Tarkiln Bayou

Tarkiln Bayou Preserve State Park

Take a hike on the nature trails to observe the rare plants and animals

Gulf Islands National Seashore

Gulf Islands National Seashore

Adventure seekers love its wide range of recreational activities, from snorkeling and kayaking to biking, camping, and fishing.

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Outdoor-focused Events

Here are a few events that put you outside for some fun. Be sure to view our full calendar so you don't miss a thing!

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